Paddy Chayefsky biography

Paddy Chayefsky

Playwright, TV Writer

1923 – 1981


Who was Paddy Chayefsky?

Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky, was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay.

He was considered one of the most renowned dramatists of the so-called Golden Age of Television. His intimate, realistic scripts provided a naturalistic style of television drama for the 1950s, and he was regarded as the central figure in the "kitchen sink realism" movement of American television. Martin Gottfried wrote, "He was a successful writer, the most successful graduate of television's slice of life school of naturalism."

Following his critically acclaimed teleplays, Chayefsky continued to succeed as a playwright and novelist. As a screenwriter, he received three Academy Awards for Marty, The Hospital and Network. The movie Marty was based on his own television drama about a relationship between two lonely people finding love. Network was his scathing satire of the television industry and The Hospital was also satiric. Film historian David Thomson termed The Hospital "daring, uninhibited, and prophetic. No one else would have dreamed of doing it."


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Jan 29, 1923
The Bronx
Also known as
  • Sidney Aaron Chayefsky
  • Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky
  • Sidney Aaron
  • Paddy Chayevsky
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • Fordham University
  • DeWitt Clinton High School
Lived in
  • The Bronx
Aug 1, 1981
New York City

on July 23, 2013